
Mathematics 2015
Theta characteristics of tropical $K_4$curvesAbstract: A $K_4$curve is a smooth, proper curve X of genus 3 over a nonarchimedean field whose Berkovich skeleton $\Gamma$ is a complete graph on 4 vertices. The curve X has 28 effective theta characteristics, i.e. the 28 bitangents to a canonical embedding, while $\Gamma$ has exactly seven tropical theta characteristics, as shown by Zharkov. We prove that the 28 effective theta characteristics of a $K_4$curve specialize to the theta characteristics of its minimal skeleton in seven groups of four.
